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Deputy Director (through August 2007), World Resources Institute

Bill Kramer works on private sector-led development and base of the economic pyramid enterprise development with the Development Through Enterprise program. Bill has over 30 years of private sector experience creating, building and managing enterprises, principally in the book industry. He has spent most of his time since the late 1990′s working on economic development issues through the non-profit sector, including experience in South Africa, Kenya, Ivory Coast, and the Czech Republic. Since 2002, he has been associated with World Resources Institute, in various capacities.

William J. Kramer is Deputy Director of the Development Through Enterprise project. He is also a Senior Fellow at WRI. Bill was co-director of the WRI conference, “Eradicating Poverty through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor” December 12-14, 2004, in San Francisco, California. His work is focused on private sector-led development, and pro-poor development policies.

Before joining WRI, he founded an NGO, The Knowledge Initiative (TKI), working on issues of knowledge and development. Through TKI, he did work in South Africa, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, and the Czech Republic.

Bill had a 30-year+ career as an entrepreneur, mostly in the book business. He owned Sidney Kramer Books, the world’s leading bookstore for economics, international affairs, area studies, business management, and military affairs. He founded Kramerbooks & afterwords, the original bookstore-cafe, in 1976, establishing the business model which has dominated the industry for the past 30 years. He also founded the company which became Daedalus Books, the leading seller of quality remainders. His multiple enterprises in retailing, wholesaling, and publishing have served professionals and general readers and institutions worldwide. He was, more recently, a principal in several companies which served colleges and universities with web-based applications for campuses, including web portal development, digital printing and publishing, e-procurement, and course management tools.